Tuesday, December 30, 2008

...I wish this was so

I think our newspaper weather person must be sitting on a beach somewhere sunny and warm...and rubbing it in.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A postcard from home...

To all my family far and wide, To our family and friends in the Armed Forces (We wish you home very soon) and to my fellow bloggers I hope your holiday is the absolute very best.
Were going to try to get together here for our annual Christmas Eve dinner, Hopefully everyone can make it, And just make the best of a very cold wintery situation.

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We have power and water again, Yay!

Life's good, We have electricity back finally! I think we were out about 12 so hours in extreme weather conditions. You sure learn a new appreciation for having the niceties of electricity and running water, and especially running hot water. It was a long night. The Mr was the fire watcher last night and he fell to sleep on the job. I woke about 4:30 am and was freezing, It was so cold in our room that it felt like I had brain freeze, because my head was out of the covers. Bella was shivering under the covers laying next to me.
So I got up and restarted the fire and got him back on the job and went back to bed.

I woke to see a ton more of new snow, no lights yet and no water either. I thought hmmm, do I think I can get out of here to my daughters house? I want a shower really bad. We had one cup of coffee via my coffee press, Mmmm, at this point it was the best part of the morning. Thank goodness for bottled water. Then it happened, a flicker, it was a flicker that made your heart jump with total excitement, Boom on come the lights, Yesssss, We had lights and after a few minutes we checked the water and we had water too.
All I could think was Merry Christmas, it was the greatest gift. I really am a creature of comfort. Roughing it was fun for about the first hour.

Thanks to all of you PGE workers out there giving it your all it this terrible weather. It's really not fit for man nor beast out there. Our mayor of Portland has declared several counties emergency disaster areas due to the impassable roads and the fact that they can get help to many people. We managed really quite well as far as being prepared, Candles, flashlights, wood stove and dry wood made it bearable.

This will soon be declared the most snowy December in Portland's history, and right now the record stands since 1968. We are expecting another 3-4" to come in on Wed-Thurs and then we cross our fingers for so good ole fashioned rain, and most likely flooding because of the amount of snow to run off.

The grandsons are gonna love this Christmas eve. A built in slide off the back deck.

See the trees just hanging with ice, we have had so many tops just snap off from the weight. When the melt finally happens its going to look like a bomb went off in out forest area. We lost a cherry tree to the ice already, it just snapped off right in the middle. It's kind of eerie that when it snows it so quiet and you can hear thing like trees snapping and crashing in the woods. It's really dangerous to even get close by to them right now.
I hope everyone is ready for their Christmas, I'm not but it's not in my power to change things right now. Maybe the weather will give me a little reprieve and I can get something done.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Frozen, Iced, Snowed on, Rained on again and NO Power.

This was the picture for most of the Portland area today, Although we live a little ways from there our elevation usually dictates more in the form of snow. This storm has been a rough one for all involved. We've mostly stayed home except for our trip to Freddy's the other night. Now we're home by choice and without power. All the fridge things are in big cooler chests with snow for ice. We have no water now due to the pump on the well not running.
We amongst the 44,000 without power in this area. I'm sitting in my car with my laptop and posting while charging. I have to say this is way better than no laptop at all and not being connected to everyone somehow.

The Mr is trying to save our phone and cable lines in this picture. There is 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of ice on the limbs laying across those lines. If the come down the whole road of 13 families loses phone service.
Back behind our property the neighbors trees layed over the power lines and took them out and that's the reason for no power in our home this evening. I was hoping for a utilty worker by now but no such luck. It's only been 9 hrs but it feels like days. I want a shower.
If you are at all interested in our weather problems and would like to listen to some of the goings on there's a few portland radio links on my sidebar and they arew doing contant updates on our weather. Right now Portland International airport is get very few flight in and hardly nothing going out. They think it will be this way til Tuesday or Wed. Well wish us luck with our power, I have a Christmas Eve dinner to prepare for.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

How to rid yourself of your pet peeves...with assistance

***Winter Storm Warning***
Updated: Friday Dec.19th, 2008 5:30 p.m.

The moisture from the storm will arrive around noon tomorrow. Look for snow accumulation into the night. All valley areas will likely get 6" or more of snow. Scattered areas and into the hills could see 12" of snow. Look for an icy mix to develop Saturday night.

Well, we've survived 2 blasts of arctic air from the north, and now are faced with the third punch that promises to be worse than the rest and it isn't even winter yet. Our thermometer at it's lowest this year has read 11 degrees above 0.
Tomorrow promises to be interesting, we already have 2-3" on the ground from last night and today and "The worst storm in five years" as the local meteorologist puts it, is supposed to hit us tomorrow afternoon. He is promising Snow and possible ice in the form of freezing rain and strong winds, all of which are never a good combo in the same sentence ever!

Living on our hill sometimes gives you a false sense of true weather reality, All day I contemplated going and trying to get some shopping done and I'd look outside and see it snowing like a banshee. So I'd put it off, this went on all day. Come to find out it was only this bad on our hill today. The problem is there are hills to climb to get to our road and some steep embankments and curves with no guard rails to make it past in one direction and a busy hwy in the other direction with a slick hill to stop at the bottom to avoid the Hwy traffic.

So I waited to see if the Mr was willing to take me into town when he arrived home from work, He shows up and says the roads were all clear until you get to our hill, ...it figures!

I did end up going in and buying some grocery's like a gazillion others, The stores were packed, well at least Fred Meyer's was. I'd head down an isle and I'd just get to thinking seriously about what I needed and someone would say pardon me or excuse me an blow my train of thought all to hell. I forgot some things that I needed just because of all the herding down the isles of the grocery store, I hate that.

We decided to stop at the Burger king on the way home to get a burger since I'll probably be cooking for the next week and have a bad case of cabin fever before it's all done. Now, I do not have the best of luck with fast food joints, They on purpose leave something out of my order just to piss me off I swear.

Kentucky Fried Chicken in Canby never seems to get my drive thru order right, They try to save by jipping me of something every time I go there, If it isn't the biscuits, it's the coleslaw and almost always the napkins. I think, when they figure the price of these meals, the price of napkins are figured in there some where, So essentially they are ripping you off and saving the company money at the save time.
Now In Oregon City, where we went tonight, Theres a Micky D's and a Burger King within a 1/2 mi. radius of each other and both are absolutely grating a nerve with me as far as the stupid napkin thing.
Don't they realize you are eating in your car and there is nothing to wipe your hands and face on? What do you do if you spill? I hate food in the car and dislike food on my person even worse. Let's just say, they peeve me the most.
I get through part of my meal and go to reach for the Burger King napkin in the bag and without fail it's not there, Now after being cooped up in the house and then being herded like cattle through the grocery store I needed that napkin to be there for me. But No!
At that point I said to the Mr. You know just once I'd like to smear hamburger all over my face and go back through the drive thru and complain about no napkins. Almost without hesitation he takes what I couldn't finish and smears it all over his moustache and beard and I mean there was chunks of cheese, all orange-ish and gooey and some small amounts burger and bun hanging from his beard. I laughed so hard I almost pee'd myself. He was laughing too.
Then with a straight face he starts the car, I think "Oh no, he's gonna do it." We turn around and he drives into the drive thru lane, They say, "can we help you?" bear in mind at this point they can't see him yet. So he says "you forgot my napkins" I need some napkins and pulls forward to the window.

He pulls up and pokes his head out the window to give the attendant a good view, I'm watching for reaction and for a minute the young girl window attendant reaches to open the window and then in mid reach pulls back, and then thinks to herself Ewwww, but opens the drive up window.
This time there was two attendants that between customers appeared to be having a conversation in the drive up space.
Both were just staring at the Mr. with food hanging from his face. The portly young man had his hand up to his face kind of cupped under his nose and covering his mouth, but I could see in his eyes water welling, he was dying on the inside, Ready to bust a gut at any given moment. Yet with a straight face the Mr. requested his napkin, The young gal hands him a fist full and just stares, Now I'm to the point that if he doesn't pull off I'm gonna lose it. Not that they even knew I was there, They never took their eyes off him in disbelief.
Now that's how to get past being pissed off about no napkins.
I bet they don't forget anyone else's napkins the rest of the night after that one. I got the release I needed, I haven't laughed that hard in ages and found the Mr. is a pretty good actor. How he ever was able to do this without breaking into laughter I'll never know, especially with me snickering under my hand on the other side of the car.
I'd have loved to have been the fly on the wall watching when we pulled off.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Want to be happier?

We had a very nice Thanksgiving, filled with family, No friends this year. Everything turned out perfect except my pecan pie for some reason didn't completely set up all the way.
I was just a little disappointed by not having more response to my I'm thankful for... cards placed on the table. I wanted to save them in a scrap book for years to come and bring it out each year for all to see and be able to look back on and remember. I think we all have so much to be thankful for in our lives.

I stumbled across an article that I thought was pretty fascinating about having gratitude and it's affect on the human spirit. If you click the title to this post you can read it.

I'm Thankful for...


*The Beautiful Granddaughter that was brought into our lives this year, also that she was born happy and healthy and that she has 2 wonderful parents that love her so much.

*The two grandsons that are different in every way but good hearted and good spirited. Also to their families for being tolerant of the pre teen antics and doing their best to help guide these young and worthy spirits in the right directions.

*the folks at Palm Harbor homes for their help in trying to get all this stuff figured out.

*Tom Stewart who is no longer my Doctor but was certainly more than helpful in getting me to the right people and figuring out how to treat my problems. I miss you.

*The drug called Meloxicam for giving my mobility back, reducing my pain and stiffness and helping me regain my participation in my own life again.

*for our kids, each and every one of them. They inspire such pride in the way they carry themselves and the ways they interact with others in caring and giving ways. They are not just good, but also good for something.

*Craigslist for all the great finds and nice people I've come across in the last year, I almost felt guilty for buying some of these items, but, the people assured me they were as happy to sell them to me as I was to get them. "One mans trash , another mans treasure."

*for Faith and her health, for the doctors that helped her reach this stage of "Cancer Free" and for the many prayers that helped get this all done. She is a blessing and has a purpose in life yet to complete. For her parents and family, We have reached a new level of appreciation in life due to their willingness to share Faiths story.

*Maddy who is no longer with us but for the joy she brought to so many lives in her almost 4 years of life. She was a beautiful spirit.

*My Mr., each and everyday for working so hard and being the man that I have always wanted. For his persistence, patience, good heart, and loving ways. I'm more than thankful, I'm most appreciative.

*our customers, that are like friends, and some like family. We truly are thankful for you.

*my blogger friends, for their compassion, wittiness, and caring spirits.

*The Good Lord that hears my prayers and shows us the beacon to light our path.

...and Itsa Bella my little 7 lb licker upper.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

30 years and 80 days

I went to see my Grand Daughter On Tuesday, ...Oops, I mean I took my youngest son AKA #2 son his Birthday present 1 day early so he'd have his Birthday dessert on his birthday. Which has been the same for as many years as I can count a pumpkin pie, homemade just for him. I remember a time when it wouldn't last the whole day. I'm sure he shares better now.
He was my last of my 3 to turn 30, Beings though I'm not aging past 39, soon they will be as old as me. lol.
We do have one more to turn 30, the Mr's son but not for 3 more years.

Now on this very evening Amalie was 79 almost 80 days old. She in her short little span of time has grown to 9 lbs., and 23 or something inches, She's getting the tall figure like her momma and daddy. She's got the most gorgeous eyes, they are big and going to be blue.

A prelude to a kiss

She is now able to giggle, smile, do air kisses and tell stories and tries to hold a conversation with you when you talk to her. She's got some of the best facial expressions, and reacts to familiar sounds of her peoples voices with excitement.
I held her, cuddled her, she napped on me, we did fish lips, then she told me how the west was won.
I studied her face as if to get my eyes full, She is such a blessing. Just the addition to our family that we needed. Although I'll always have room for more.

Hello Everyone

Those of you who know me, know we have been on pins and needles waiting for a home construction loan to go through. Well, on that front we still continue to wait. Good Lord, the anxiety is tremendous for me. It's hard to think of anything else right now, We are just trying to remain focused and make sure everyone has what they need, making follow up calls to make sure it's not in limbo somewhere. It's tough.

Pick me please...I'm a loyal listener.
Today I signed up for a radio show contest at our local radio station, Kex 1190 100,000 bailout give away, They are giving a bailout to the tax payer instead of banks and whatever other institution needs it. Good Idea. I listen to this talk show radio as often as I can anyway and always with my travels, I found that I lose reception just as I leave the Olympia,Wa area and usually right at a good part of the conversation. Damn, I hate that.

Anyways, we could certainly use that bailout right about now and I bet others could too. I'm entering everyday with my first cup of coffee, first thing in the morning. ***Wish me luck***

Do you know that a septic system permit alone with the "pre inspection" that's no longer referred to as a "PERC" test as I was informed by the inspector, and now called a site evaluation runs some where in the neighborhood of 1400-1500.00 by itself and I'm still not sure if the charge you for a final inspection. That's just to get approval, Then you pay close to 5000-6000.00 for the septic system itself.

...On a lighter note.
Does anyone remember that commercial where the guy is standing there with his family and telling how he lives in the perfect community and has a 4 bedroom house belongs to a golf club, drives a new car and is in debt up to his eyeballs? We're joining that club too, really soon...Hopefully it's not that bad.
I'm not endorsing Lendingtree.com, ...unless they will do a good Refi for us at a good percentage rate, But this is the video I'm talking about. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn5EP9StlVA
Isn't it funny things said in jest draw some close comparisons sometimes. I've talked with other friends about it and they just say welcome to the real world where the rest of us live.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Finally the weekend

Good Lord what a week.
The Dow up slightly giving hope to most, I hope were leveling out now
::Fingers crossed::

Bella my little sun worshipper is a giving me the thankful look, I moved her little bed to the table she's not supposed to be on, But, it's the one that has the warm sunny window. Life is good.
Have a great weekend.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Picket fences, love and new chapters

Yesterday I drove up to the old house we used to own prior to the 6 acre woods.
I swear I cried on a daily basis for having to leave that house to move to the sticks. It was like leaving a loved one behind.

The 6 acre woods were no picnic when we moved here either. There was crap and garbage all over the place. The Mr really only had his mind on the property and the big shop that came with it. To me it was awful for the longest time and a big muddy work horse that seemed never ending. Way more work than I ever thought could be manageable for us two.

I was a city girl, used to a 1/4 acre lot in a town that already felt country to me compared to Las Vegas.

I used to drive back there to the old house to recapture some of my fondest memories of the Mr and I's beginnings. It always gave me comfort to go back in time to our first years. I love him as much and more than I did back then.

I remember landscaping our yard and creating a place of pure Eden for him to come home to after a hard days work, Roses in the front yard smelling so sweet, dahlia's in front of the porch blooming flowers the size of small dinner plates all in cheery colors, a beautiful shade garden along the side of the house under the big firs, lilacs blooming with their sweet scent filling the air.

We were refinishing the interior and taking her back to a time that was appropriate for her grand old age, it was a labor of love. She was originally built in 1889.
Small with tall ceilings and an upstairs attic with steep small stairs, scared up wooden floors and a smallish kitchen that I'm sure was added on later. It also had a master bedroom as an addition, not in tune to the old part of the house but spacious and comfortable a little cool in the winter though.

The main part of the house had 4 rooms, all of which were very small. You could really tell she had charm in her younger years. I loved that house.
We haven't lived there for a many years now but seeing her always takes me back. The new owners used her as a rental and some disrespecting families lived there and thrashed her beyond recognition. It's vacant now and so I peeked in the door and the only thing I recognized in there was the shadow boxed ceiling the Mr and I so laboriously and lovingly restored. It was sad.

Out front and miraculously still standing was the small but meaningful little stretch of picket fence, See the Mr built it for me as a show of love and way to give me one of the things that in my youth I had always wanted. Since about the age of nine I always knew it was having a family, and babies, being married and having a house with red and white checkered curtains in the kitchen window and a white picket fence that would make my life complete.
He built that fence knowing that. I was never so happy as that moment of completion. I knew I was in the right place. I knew he loved me, and never have doubted it since...

Soon she'll be gone for good, a movie theater is scheduled to replace her, I think it will be sooner than later, she's looking pretty tired.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Welcoming in Fall

The 2 girls(Emmy lou and Bella) and I were out for our morning mile long walk in the Enumclaw, WA area and I spotted a really cool old barn way back in the landscape so I took the girls and snuck through the fair grounds where no pets are allowed and took a few shots for you. They never pottied once in the Fairgrounds I swear.
The barn looks to be almost like the old kit barns from the 1920's and 1930's probably cost 3500.00 in it's day, the rounded tops stored a lot more hay and was mostly a matter of function rather than beauty, especially in this type of climate at the base of Mt. Rainer, it's like a little rain forest.
Don't get me wrong in my time spent here I have seen my share of sun also. But sometimes I have to go a meer 12 miles down 410 from here and have found it not to be drizzling but the clouds cleared and the glorious was sun pouring down on us.
Along with the drizzle though, you get beauty, and greenery, it's a really beautiful place here.

Well, better go, it's time to pack up and go home.

I Love old barns.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sunday, September 07, 2008

She's Chocolate, who couldn't love that.

Maddy Mae

Well last week little Maddy Mae got to go home to part of her family, sadly I missed her like crazy and my Emmy even more so...Maddy would sleep under the covers and Emmy on top side by side. They were pals and Emmy really missed her little buddy.
She spent 2 nights digging at our bed covers looking for Maddy and her days were looking out the windows for her to just reappear at any given time, between the whining and the "go get her" Mom expressions, I knew what we had to do.
Emmy Lou

Maddy is Little Faiths dog, While Faith is still in Boston trying to get her radiation treatments, struggling with one hurdle or another, poor girl. She still very much wanted little Maddy.
I needed to search for a little one to keep Emmy company and for her to have a travel buddy to play with. She in essence needed another non aggressive like Maddy. So I searched for a miniature Daschund to have for ourselves. I was looking for a long haired red solid, But I found a little smoothie, at 7lbs full grown, that was chocolate like I wanted and the best part she's out of the puppy stage at just a year old. She has the same sweet personality as Maddy does, Just a little more playful. We are her forever family. Emmy likes her and has already snuggled with her on my lap.

So Meet our little footlong Chocolate Mini Doxie,

Bubbles is her name now but I'd like to change it to Bee Bee or Bella.

***Update***I Think we settled on her name, "It's-a Bella" and Bella for short. She even comes to it surprisingly enough.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Miracles in the form of babies, you gotta love it.

Back in the day of wedding plans
I was at the hospital with Carl and Joelle awaiting the birth of the 3rd grandbaby and the Mr. calls with anticipation of news on that front and also to spring the news of another pending baby in the family.

This news was so great, Brother Carl and his Mrs., Michaelann are expecting sometime near mid-March. I wondered if it was going to happen for them, I knew they wanted it, but sometimes we don't get the choice. So YAY! I'm so happy for them!
Lil' Cowpokes prints by Michael Miller

I can see the nursery now, She loves the Lil' Cowpoke boys and girls retro prints.
With Carl being a steer wrestler and cattleman and her doing some barrel racing, it's really the only choice. Brother Carl thinks he's gonna pass out during the birthing process, He says he has problems with cows calving. Maybe he'll have to be sitting so he doesn't have so far to fall. lol.

Congratulations you two.

I want to vote today.

We all know that I really don't care to discuss politics, and if Hillary was the topic I was even more turned off. With that said, I watched the Republican party renew my faith in the political realm of things to come yesterday.
Finally I feel and know, I have a choice.

I was really still unsure of who to vote for other than I knew I couldn't let the first woman be Hillary. I wanted so much more than politics and court cases. History just couldn't be written like that, it was way to big for her.

Finally, a refreshing change, Palin will do great I felt it in her spirit. I only wish the ticket was reversed. However, giving credit where credit is due, She was a very smart choice for McCain.

I can't believe I just wrote this post...I must be evolving.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Happy Birthday to Joelle

Amalie last night @ 2 days old

I got to go visit my grand daughter last night, I held her, watched her expressions, rocked her and consoled her. I loved every second of it. She really looks like her Daddy, but has her Mommys lips and possibly eyes. It's still kind of hard to tell yet
We brought her mommy a present because it was her Birthday. A ring with Peridot stones in it, to create a family heirloom. She someday at her own discretion, will pass it down to Amalie. But for now, its Joelle's ring that symbolizes both of them. She was a little overwhelmed, but it was "All Good"

A mothers ring.

starting new family traditions...making memories for the future.

Monday, August 25, 2008

...And baby makes a family.

OK everyone, it was a long day and night. I am trying to get some pictures posted for you all and share some good news so bare with me here. The kids had an even longer day and night than I did.

Carl and Joelle spent actually a couple days in labor, Joelle labored very hard for a full 24 hrs. Carl never left her sight. I was so proud of both of them, he was so attentive and kind and caring and when she needed him to be strong, he was there and accountable too, through it all, and when he needed her to be strong, She absolutely was with all her resolve.

Nothing went according to their plans as far as the process of delivery, They planned to go completely natural, it was to intense for too long, Joelle tried very hard to resist, eventually it was time for an epidural, She absolutely needed it. Joelle had a very hard time from the pain of it all with nausea, the poor girl is going to have some very sore innards for some time after this one.

The Dr. was hoping to see 1 centimeter every hour and a half or so and it just wasn't happening, Joelle and the baby managed to squeak out 6 centimeters of dilation and no more. She started to spike a fever, things were in my mind changing and I began to pray and worry for all of them.

The Dr. inserts a probe to measure the contractions and they were absolutely strong enough to deliver naturally but he suspected trouble and muttered the phrase C Section, the mood changed and the questioning began.

They had watched this documentary before the baby was to be born about how many C sections were performed each year unnecessarily and tried to reason it all out before finally settling on the the best decision, just go with your Dr.s advice.

So to make a long day short for you, Amalie was born to Carl and Joelle via C section at approx. 9 something last night. My prayers were answered, Mom and Baby are both happy and healthy and with us today.

...It ended up she was turned a little in the wrong direction with her head and not able to come any further down the birthing canal, she was stuck.

The seemingly endless contractions

Joelle trying to smile though a rough time with her mom Darci

Carl getting ready for the surgery to birth the baby, Steady and strong

Carl and Joelle going to delivery, Scared but strong in union to come out successful on the other side.

And here she is about 2 hr.s old first picture taken by her Daddy. 6lbs 12oz.s and 19.5 ins. long

Me and my new Grand daughter Amalie

Her foot print on her Daddy's shirt

just the beginning of the footprints she'll put on all our hearts in the years to come.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

In overtime...

Well, Here we are 3 days over due by our schedules but not quite ready by Amalie's schedule, Joelle seems to be doing fine. I'm sure she is uncomfortable and probably ready to have this baby. Carl says she's been quite the trooper through this whole pregnancy.
I worry about her though, she's been sick after eating either in the morning or the evening for awhile now poor girl. The OBGYN is talking to them about inducing after this coming Mon. and neither of them really want to do that. They'd really like to wait her out.

The best we can figure she was conceived on Carl's birthday and now the cool part, if Amalie hangs in there a little longer she could possibly be born on Joelle's birthday on the 26th. The Mr. thinks she'll come on the 23rd which would make her a Virgo instead of a Leo, I'm OK with that. If she comes on the 25th she'll be born on the Mr's sons birthday.
Time and plans are pending on her now, I afraid to go anywhere without a phone. I am so excited for them and this baby's arrival, I just pray for happy and healthy.

In other news, I seen my Rheumatologist last Wed, He diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia and has ran a few more tests and wants me to come back in for a consultation. It kinda freaks me out but at least they are figuring something out so it can be treated. I'm all for feeling better sooner than later and getting rid of my "hit by a mac truck mornings".

now on to a lighter side...
I was going to the grocery store the other day and seen something pretty unusual, I'd like to say this is why I carry a camera with me most of the time, You never know what you'll come across even at the grocery store.